Robert is a partner and the Head of Private Client at Druces. He has significant experience with UK and international tax planning, trust matters, probates, tax disclosures and disputes for banks, high net worth individuals, trustees, international companies, UK collection societies and partnerships.
Robert specialises in complex tax planning for international and domestic clients. He is highly recommended for his specialist knowledge in restructuring business assets and optimising investments into real estate and new technology worldwide. Robert also has particular expertise in dealing with copyright in relation to film and television directors and the UK representative body of those directors.
Over the past 17 years Robert has been involved in a number of notable matters successfully assisting clients caught up in the HSBC data theft in Switzerland and dealing with issues for fiduciaries drawn into litigation with a new government of a Middle Eastern state following the Arab Spring. He has also pioneered the successful use of various tax reliefs with claims for the remittance basis of taxation.
Robert acts for trustee companies around the world with a particular emphasis on trustees based in the jurisdictions of the BVI, Switzerland, Mauritius, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.
Robert was awarded Private Client Lawyer of the Year at the European WealthBriefing Awards 2018. CityWealth magazine‘s guide to the most highly regarded figures in private wealth management says that Robert: “always looks for solutions, is a creative thinker, tenacious in his approach and great to deal with” .
In Legal 500, 2019 Robert is praised for being ‘precise and provides quality advice’ on matters of personal tax, trusts and probate. He was recognised as a leader in this area in the Legal 500, 2017 edition and recommended for his ‘practical and theoretical offshore knowledge and experience’.
In addition to being qualified in England and Wales, Robert was admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in 2005. He is also a member of STEP and the Association of Taxation Technicians.
Robert was recognised in the 2019 edition of the Spear’s 500 as a ‘Distinguished Individual’ in the Recommended Tax & Trust Lawyers section.
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